HANFORD —The Goldsmith family has grown so much so quickly, that their home — like their hearts — is now totally full.
Hanford’s Tim and Rachel Goldsmith, with the help of Habitat for Humanity of Kings/Tulare Counties, are seeking donations to build an addition to their home to make room for their six children.
Three of the Goldsmith’s sons are biological and three — siblings — were adopted when Child Protective Services needed the boys placed in new homes after the termination of the mother’s parental rights due to drug addiction.
“We talked about it and we felt like [if we didn’t adopt all the siblings] when they turned 18, they’d go out and find each other eventually. So we thought that we might as well keep them all together so they’ll be able to grow up together and enjoy life together,” Tim, who works in corrections with the Kings County Sheriff’s Department, said.
“They were all addicted when they were born. They tested positive,” Rachel said about their adopted children.
All three of the adopted children are healthy now, Tim said.
While Tim and Rachel spoke to the Sentinel, their younger children played on tablets while sitting on their parents’ laps, taking turns sharing pieces of candy with one another.
When they decided a few years ago to adopt a fourth child, the couple already had two sons of their own, Landon who is now 13 and Tanner who is now 11, in addition to 5-year-old Cameron, who the couple adopted at birth.
Wanting to adopt a baby girl, the couple was told that there’d be a three-year wait. In the meantime, they decided to have a third biological child — subsequently a boy who would be named Taegan.
While five months pregnant with Taegan (now about 18 months old), the Goldsmiths received a call from CPS informing them that Cameron now had a newborn biological brother who was up for adoption.
They decided to adopt that child, Tucker, (now 2 years old).
“We turned into a family of six and then four months later we turned into a family of seven and that’s when it really got crazy,” Rachel said. “That’s when we really decided we needed to do something [about our living situation].”
The couple realized their three-bedroom, one-bathroom home wouldn’t be enough for their quickly-growing family.
While looking into their options, the situation became even more hectic when they adopted the third biological sibling of their two adopted boys, Karsen, about a year ago. In all, the family gained three sons in a little over a year.
Tim and Rachel purchased their home from the City of Hanford in 2008, just prior to the start of the recession. Due to circumstances related to their original home loan agreement, they are unable to apply for a traditional loan for modifications.
With few options, the family turned to Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties for help with making an addition to their home.
“They usually build from the ground up, so this is totally outside of their comfort zone,” Rachel said.
Despite being an atypical project for the nonprofit organization, local Habitat officials saw the Goldsmiths’ need and decided to help with fundraising and construction.
“This project is truly outside the scope of Habitat’s normal home repair program but we felt that Tim and Rachel were so ‘big hearted’ with three boys of their own already and fulfilled a huge community need by adopting three wonderful brothers. When you talk with them and see the boys together you realize that this blended family has truly become one. They just need a little more room to grow,” local Habitat Resource Development Director Deanna Saldana said.
“With Habitat’s help, it’s like a dream come true,” Tim said.
Right now, the family has five of the boys split between two bedrooms while the baby still sleeps in the master bedroom with Tim and Rachel.
After construction, they will have one more bedroom and bathroom.
With construction scheduled to begin in the next few months, the children will all share one room until the addition is completed by the end of the year.
The project's budget is currently around $40,000.
For more information or to donate funds, supplies or time visit https://www.hfhtkc.org/goldsmiths.